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Burglars believed to have targeted Horley house for the car
10:54am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
Burglars who broke into a Horley house drove off in the homeowner's black BMW convertible.
Detectives believe the raiders, who struck in Lumley Road overnight last Friday (September 6) into Saturday (September 7), were targeting the car and not the house.
Having forced their way into the property, they found the keys to the car and stole it.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Simon Evans, said: "It is believed the property was targeted for the vehicle, and that the offenders had planned the burglary in some detail.
“Following initial inquiries, it is thought the offenders used a set of other number plates to leave the scene.”
The burglary happened between 7.50pm on Friday, September 6, and 1am the next morning.
Det Con Evans said: “I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious around the time of the offence, or in the days prior to it occurring, to contact officers with information, as it may prove vital to the investigation.”
He added: "I would ask anyone who thinks they may have seen the stolen vehicle on the night of the offence, or who has since seen it parked up somewhere, to share this information with us.” A Surrey Police spokesman said: “Officers would also like to remind vehicle owners not to leave their keys in visible and obvious places, to prevent thieves from targeting properties to steal cars.
“More information about keeping your property safe can be found by visiting: www.surrey.police.uk"
Anyone with information about the burglary should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference RB/13/7412.
Alternatively, people can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.